AK Senate President Lyda Green (R-Wasilla) reacts to Palin choice

Wasilla is a small town, but it’s home to the Republican governor and the Republican state senate president.  According to the Anchorage Daily News the senate president was less than impressed with McCain’s choice.

State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to tell her the news.

“She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? said Green, a Republican from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”

More after the fold.

Alaska Senate President Lyda Green (R-Wasilla) had a few more choice words for her neighbor, the governor.

Green, who has feuded with Palin, brought up the big oil tax increase Palin pushed through last year. She also pointed to the award of a $500 million state subsidy to a Canadian firm to pursue a natural gas pipeline that’s far from guaranteed.

House Speaker John Harris, a Republican from Valdez, was also astonished at the news. He didn’t want to get into the issue of her qualifications.

“She’s old enough,” Harris said. “She’s a U.S. citizen.”

With that much love from your fellow hometown Republican, do we really need to report on the reaction from the Democrats?  Of course not, but it’s fun.

Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French said it’s a huge mistake by McCain and “reflects very, very badly on his judgment.”

Alaska Democratic Party chairwoman Patti Higgins, attending her party’s national convention in Denver, said she was shocked to hear the news this morning.

“In this very competitive election for them to go pick somebody who is … under a cloud of suspicion, who is under investigation for abuse of power. It just sounds like a pretty slow start to me,” Higgins said.

The state Legislature is investigating whether Palin and her staff broke state law by pressuring the public safety department to fire a state trooper who was in a custody battle with her sister.

“We need a vice president who can step in if, God forbid, something happened to John McCain,” Higgins said. “I don’t think she’s someone who is ready for that 3 a.m. phone call.”

There’s more in the New York Times

Ms. Green said the governor was difficult for her to deal with, a state of affairs she traces to Ms. Green’s decision to remain neutral in Ms. Palin’s race against former Governor Murkowski.

“There was some resentment there that some of us didn’t come out and support her during the primary, and it never really got any better,” Ms. Green said. “I found that if you disagreed with her or tried to amend or change something, that was sort of off-limits. She did not like being told no or to change it.”

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  • nomad943

    My wife who to this point has had zippo interest in this campaign (although she mildly supported Hillary for a while until I helped her find a few helpful links) is now supporting McCain and when we went out to dinner, the Palin selection was one of the main points of conversation that she and her friend were blabbing about.

    Not that Palin was a woman but that she was a genuine real person.

    These are two dead center apolitical people … swing voters. How many more you figure are out there? Maybe a couple more?

  • wavemaker

    some party hack who’s been feuding with her and a prominent member of the opposition party.

    She sure isn’t afraid to pick fights.

  • wavemaker

    Alaska’s highly-touted Democratic nominee for the state’s lone Congressional seat has nothing but compliments for Republican governor Sarah Palin, McCain’s new running mate.

    Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz praised Palin’s record of ethics reform and bipartisan credentials in a statement.

    “This is an exciting day for Alaska,” Berkowitz said. “Governor Palin has made her name fighting corruption within her own party and I was honored when she stepped across party lines and asked me to co-author her Ethics White Paper.’

    Berkowitz is running against the winner of the yet-unresolved Republican primary between Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and lieutenant governor Sean Parnell. With thousands of absentee ballots still uncounted, Young leads by a razor-thin margin of 152 votes.


    Guess pablo wasn’t looking for that sort of thing though.

  • Laurel

    Ouch!  And from the republican house speaker she never feuded with, either.

  • JoeTS

    the head of the most corrupt group of Republicans in the country is AWESOME.

  • Festus Garvey

    Warning to RNG conservatives, this is s Dailykos link

    There are signs that Palin will prove to be a light-weight campaigner.  This is one example…others are her dissing the job of Vice President, even as she was being considered; saying she was not paying attention to issues involving Iraq, even as her son was being deployed (but she did call for the dreaded “time line”).

    Nope, I predict the McCain campaign will have her speak next week, then limit her appearances as she prepares for the Biden debate and then we’ll never see her again.  

    Some may want her out campaigning and trying to move “Hillary voters” but cautious voices will win out and they will muzzle her.  If they don’t they’ll have a ticking gaff bomb just waiting to go off.